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Assignment: Drugs of Abuse

There are 7 drug categories – Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Narcotics, Steroids, Cannabis. Each category impacts brain function and behavior, has particular ways of ingestion, and creates a certain reaction within the body.   

For this Assignment, you compare substances within two of the seven drug categories.

Submit a 2 page paper that addresses the following topics, content, and headings:

· Choose two drug categories. For each drug category:

  • Identify the drugs that belong to that category
  • Briefly discuss the history of substance use and social response related to the drug category (e.g., how were the substances created, when did people start to use these types of substances, how or in what ways did these substance affect society).
  • Identify how the drugs are administered (e.g., inhalation, injection, orally, nasally) in this category.
  • Discuss how substances in the category impact the brain including which        neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) that are affected.  
  • Explain the physical impact the substances in this category may have on the body.  

· Compare the similarities and differences between the drug categories.

· Explain any differences in treatment approaches for the two different drug categories, and why it is important to understand the different drug categories as a social worker.

Week 1: Introduction to Addiction

José is a fifty-two year-old Latino male who has worked for a lumber company for the past 20 years. Recently, José’s employer asked him to take a random drug test, and it came back positive for drugs. To keep his job, José must be evaluated by an outpatient professional, specializing in addictions. For José, seeing someone for help seems like a waste of time, not to mention embarrassing for him. He was taught to keep all his problems within his family, so talking about his problems to an outsider is very uncomfortable for him. José does not believe he has a drug problem or needs treatment. He is very angry that he is being forced to participate.

How might José’s perceptions of treatment impact the helping process? How might a helping professional today approach José to address his perceptions? As you begin your journey as a helping professional working in addictions, it is important to understand the perceptions individuals or clients have about treatment.

This week, you consider treatment models and different drug categories.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

· Analyze the progression of addiction treatment models

· Analyze the influence of historical events on perceptions of addiction

· Analyze the influence of historical events on the role of addiction treatment

· Compare different drug categories

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Capuzzi, D., & Stauffer, M. D. (2016). Foundations of addictions counseling (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Education, Inc.

· Chapter 1, “History and Etiological Models of Addiction” (pp. 1–17)

Berridge, V. (2015). History and its contribution to understanding addiction and society. Addiction, 110, 23-26.

Courtwright, D. T. (2012). Addiction and the science of history. Addiction, 107(3), 486–492.

Frank, L. E., & Nagel, S. K. (2017). Addiction and moralization: the role of the underlying model of addiction. Neuroethics, 10(1), 129-139.

Haldipur, C. V. (2018). Addiction: A brief history of an idea. Psychological Medicine, 48(8), 1395-1396.

Tallaksen, A. (2017). The narcotic clinic in New Orleans, 1919–21. Addiction, 112(9), 1680-1685.

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012e). Timeline of addiction [Multimedia file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Assignment: Drugs of Abuse

There are 7 drug categories – Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Narcotics, Steroids, Cannabis. Each category impacts brain function and behavior, has particular ways of ingestion, and creates a certain reaction within the body.   

For this Assignment, you compare substances within two of the seven drug categories.

Submit a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following topics, content, and headings:

· Choose two drug categories. For each drug category:

· Identify the drugs that belong to that category

· Briefly discuss the history of substance use and social response related to the drug category (e.g., how were the substances created, when did people start to use these types of substances, how or in what ways did these substance affect society).

· Identify how the drugs are administered (e.g., inhalation, injection, orally, nasally) in this category.

· Discuss how substances in the category impact the brain including which neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) that are affected.  

· Explain the physical impact the substances in this category may have on the body.  

· Compare the similarities and differences between the drug categories.

· Explain any differences in treatment approaches for the two different drug categories, and why it is important to understand the different drug categories as a social worker.

Must contain at least 4 references and citations. Must be Master’s degree level!